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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 13, 2010 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Moment

I've posted this question before in the past, but seeing as how the lineup around here has changed I'd like to ask it again and get some fresh input.

Can you single out one moment with the Dead that stands out over all others? The time when your entire being was overcome with the power and beauty of the music? A moment that you can honestly say changed your life?
As many here who know me, I'd have to point to Richmond 85 when "Gloria" shoook the rafters. Bugging on some fine fungus and surrounded by a group of close friends sitting somewhat removed from the packed madness up front, listening to the entire arena chanting as one "GLOOOOOOOORIA!!!". This "moment" altered my very being. Up to then, I had loved the band and considered myself a Head. Well, after that I felt like they had taken me to a different level of appreciation and understanding. Kind of like "Damn. NOW I get it." After that I made it my mission to attend as many performances as possible. Now while I don't remember as powerful a moment as that, there were enough of them that came close I still don't regret a single show, no matter how weak in hindsight it may have been (c'mon, 87 had some brutal ones). A couple of non-Dead friends once told me I was chasing the dragon, always seeking perfection that would never happen. I tried to tell them that each time I saw them, the dragon WAS caught in one way or another.

OK, that's me. Anyone else care to share?

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Poster: The Deep Unreal Date: Oct 14, 2010 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

A couple come to mind:

1) The transition into UJB on 12/1/73. That was the moment I was hooked for life, definitely. It's actually kind of hard to describe, and doesn't really translate on the recording.

2) The opening notes of the second set of 6/9/76. It was a very good moment.

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Poster: iamdead Date: Oct 13, 2010 7:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

sullivan stadium 7-2-89 extremely hot!!ex.trips -killer music... qualified as a long strange trip and it was!!

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Poster: The Deep Unreal Date: Oct 14, 2010 4:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

The last note of Phil's intro into the Other One on 10/27/79. Universes were born, flourished, decayed, and died during that note. I think it's still rattling around somewhere in the cosmos. And every time I listen to it, I'm transported back...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 14, 2010 5:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

I think that bomb is one of my all time favorite Phil moments. Destruction and controlled chaos.

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Poster: hasher Date: Oct 13, 2010 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Great question! I've enjoyeed reading the responses.

I first "got it" listening to Live/Dead. Thats a long story.

Not long after I got my hands on tapes of 4/29/71 and 1/22/78. The H2H from 4/29 pretty much sealed the deal for me and the jam in St. Stephen on 1/22 still gives me goosebumps.

I may not have been there. But I've definetly heard it, felt it, lived it, and it changed my life.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Oct 14, 2010 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Live/Dead - Dark Star

It was an out-of-head experience for me. Good speakers, vinyl recording, some other "influences". It rendered me speechless...it didn't do the things that other music did.

Then St. S->The Eleven. Truly blown away!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 13, 2010 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

I never experienced such a moment at any of the shows I attended. Not even at your beloved performance of Gloria in Richmond. (I thought you got puked on at that show?)

My epiphany came when I heard 1/20/68 for the very first time...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 13, 2010 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Yeah, got some bile on the footwear, but that was all forgotten when the heavens opened.

And you bring up a good point. This "moment" is by no means restricted to live performances, it can just as easily be brought on through a recording as it did for you. I know there are quite a few folks in these parts who have never seen the boys live, but share an equal passion for the music as those who saw them over 200 times. This is a music that truly has the power to come through on any media.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2010-10-13 13:47:27

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Oct 13, 2010 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

It's boring, but my epiphany came from live dead - and I had to listen to it a few times too. It was the summer before college when I sort of had nothing to do and was feeling weird about life. I was deeply into some pretty wild jazz, but I found live dead in my basement and after the third or so time of giving it a spin I realized that I had stopped whatever I was doing and was just listening to it for like 30 minutes straight.

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Oct 13, 2010 7:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

In terms of community, the not fade away chant at the last Garcia comeback show in december '86. Musically, the first few notes of the final solo in the Dew at MSG '87. In fact the entire second set, I shall never forget.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Oct 13, 2010 3:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

for me the moment came during th space at lewiston maine on 9.6 80 ..............................................One or two moments, a piece of your time
Is all that I'm asking, and I'll give you mine
One or two moments out of all you have got
To show how I love you, believe it or not
To show how I love you, believe it or not

Remember the day I rolled in to town (note 1)
With my heart in my shoes, with my head hanging down
Now my only trouble, the rest I forgot
Is to show how I love you, believe it or not
Is to show how I love you, believe it or not

Done time in the lockup, done time in the street
Done time on the upswing and time in defeat
I know what I'm asking, and I know it's a lot
When I say that I love you, believe it or not
Believe it or not

I know I'm no angel, my prospects are high
As the flood line in summer when the river's gone dry (note 2)
But I'll roll up my shirt-sleeves and make my best shot (note 3)
To show how I love you, believe it or not
To show how I love you, believe it or not

Right now while the sun shines on the crest of the hill
With a breeze in the pines and a grey whippoorwill
Making music together that guitars never caught (note 4)
Let me show how I love you, believe it or not
Let me show how I love you, believe it or not
Let me show how I love you, believe it or not
Let me show how I love you, believe it or not

This post was modified by RBNW....new and improved! on 2010-10-13 22:49:24

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 13, 2010 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

That space was amazing - remember how Phil shook the earth? Tapes just don't do it justice. Good pick.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Oct 13, 2010 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

This what i wrote on another site regarding the first time Jerry got me(It was on the anniversary of his death)


Off the top of my head Jerry got me on 6/30/88....My second show, still not so familiar with all the tunes..First set looks like this..

Box Of Rain [4:55] ; Cold Rain & Snow [6:35] ; New Minglewood Blues [7:47] ; Ramble On Rose [6:40] ; Me And My Uncle [3:13] ; Mexicali Blues [4:48] ; Far From Me [4:30] ; Queen Jane Approximately [6:10] ; Don't Ease Me In [3:41]

We were on the field(which was a baseball diamond).. BOR and CRS started the show and I am just dazzled, head spinning everyone dancing...Minglewood Bobby starts belting away and I am literally jumping up and down during the entire tune....Then comes Ramble On...Jerry starts singing and everyone swaying, and I am just awestruck by the sound of his voice live. I remember thinking he was like someone’s kind old grandpa up there, just making everyone soo happy...Then the chick next to me sees me just in awe(I didnt know her), and she takes my hands and says "Hey Look, Jerry's up there)...SHe obviously was being sarcastic, but it hit me...Jerry IS up there. Look at how great this scene is...Look at how happy everyone is....JERRY IS UP THERE!!!!...YES!.......That was it...I danced with her for Ramble on and the rest of the show was sorta a blur....I just went with it, no hangups, danced how I felt like dancing, cheering, laughing, freakin durng space while passing the nugs around......I mean that was it for me. I talked about that experience for months.......Jerry grabbed a hold of me during Ramble on in Rochester and has never let go........I miss him. Thanks for the wonderful memories Jerry.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Oct 13, 2010 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

I guess the moment or convinecing shows were late in the game as the run at the Warfield. This stands out maybe not better than some Winterland shows or even some new years shows ,butdifferent.The versitility of the acoustic then electric sets was a treat and even a revelation. As most of you know
I'm so critical and pick them apart but there was absolutely no fault w/ any of the 3 out of the 15 shows that I saw. Sonically, set wise, and venue were just perfect.....LW

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 13, 2010 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Outstanding. That description just about puts me back in the middle of the dancing madness at all the shows I was lucky enough to see.

I can only hope I never lose that smile. You know, the one that gives your wife the creeps as you try to explain why this particular Fire is so much better than the other 121 you have.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 13, 2010 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Got to go back to 1974. Hot summer's night at the Hollywood Bowl. My first intro to peyote. During the second set I realized that I was totally at one with the universe but I was also dancing my ass off. I guess that's never left me, and why I continually live in 72-74.

Try this CM upgrade of Bertrando and time travel.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-21.sony22p.bertrando-miller.88553.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 13, 2010 4:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

I know I've told this story before, but it bears repeating:

My first ever show, Nassau Coliseum 1/11/79...hearing the jam section of JACK STRAW, having only up til then been familiar with the sweet but comparatively tepid version on Europe '72....

I never realized the dizzying heights this band could achieve live in concert...it was like the moment Charlie went thru the roof of the Chocolate Factory and out into the stratosphere...I never looked back...been on the Bus ever since :-)

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Oct 13, 2010 9:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

My moment wouldn't be at an actual show (I only got to see one, and it wasn't too good [12/31/79]), but rather, when the Closing Of Winterland was broadcast on TV (just a year earlier!) When they went into Dark Star, after not playing it for who knows how long, and also the closing, heavy-duty jam of Terrapin, were both transcendent moments for me... that's still my favorite live Terrapin.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 13, 2010 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

How about "Do NOT put that decal on the car!"

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 13, 2010 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Live , during this Wharf Rat . I couldn't move my feet and took a ride without enhancements . Stone cold . That only made the trip freakier . I went with it after a several deep breaths . Those 10 minutes I'll never forget . It was only a live experience as this is a mediocre version .
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-07-16.sbd.miller.95782.sbeok.flac16

Ever ( 2 years before I saw my first show ) , Wharf Rat again . First Tape . Probably why I have a soft spot for '85 in general . Something about WR too , I guess . This is a better attempt , surviving a huge Brent wrecking job at 5:25 that thankfully doesn't last long . I just realized that I was given this tape 25 years ago .
Wow . I'm too young to say that .
Right ?
http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-04-14.sbd.jeffm.3667.sbeok.shnf

I have listened to Irvine Meadows many times over the years , much less as time goes on . I've never made it through the first show . Only a few pieces ( LIG ).
Things are funny that way ;-)

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 13, 2010 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

I have to say that I had many instances of - subjectively, of course - feeling completely in synch with both the crowd and the band, but the moment that standas out was at a show that you and I have fawned over many times together - 03/09/1981.

I had never seen them at MSG before and somehow kind of expected them to be "too small" for the venue. Boy, was I wrong! That night pretty much any venue would have been too small for them.

The entire show was spectacular, but that Stella Blue was the single most powerful performance I've ever seen, maybe by anybody. It may not hold up that way on the recording, but there was something special about Jerry that night, and it was HIS big moment - the second set power ballad - and he nailed it, holding twenty-odd thousand rapt, silent people in the palm of his hand. Jerry's famous quote about Stella Blue, that when it's played right it has a perfect moment of silence in it, was particularly true. You could have heard a pin drop; still gives me chills.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 13, 2010 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

I can definitely see how that show and that song could be the "One". Nice.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 13, 2010 9:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

My experience will sound mundane - but for me significant.

I was working in the basement darkroom of our journalism office in college, 1973, I believe. The new guy Ed, came in with a pile of records... he put on Skullfuck and changed my life. The thumping sound of Phil's bass on Bertha filled the basement. I'd never heard a band that sounded so immediate, fresh and raw...like blood pumping in your veins... and that unique sound of twisting lead guitar and rhythm that wove together like nothing else. Later that week, we were hanging out in his van with 8 speakers in it, rolled a doob and he put on Live/Dead... I was a Deadhead for good from that moment.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 13, 2010 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Vinyl in the basement at school? Gotta love that one. Had something similar sitting with a friend who had an All Dead radio show on our little campus station. Studio was almost always deserted at night and we'd crank up the monitors and dance around the building, not caring if anyone else was listening.

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Oct 13, 2010 6:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-10-31.sbd.ladner.8070.sbeok.shnf

The middle show of a three day run (I managed to see all 3, thanks to a very kind friend. The only 3 shows I ever saw too :()

Can't really explain why, it seemed much more than just a band playing on a stage to a crowd of people.
It felt as if I was being inducted into a club, given a special thumbs-up and welcomed by everyone.

Or something like that....

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 13, 2010 6:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

Now THAT'S what I'm talkin about. Very well put. I've always said the number of shows you saw is unimportant, what counts is did you "get it" during the ones you did see and it appears that you indeed "got it". Excellent.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Oct 13, 2010 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

That was 33 years ago this week at McNichols during the Terrapin which I wrote about earlier and then the Cryptical at the Greeks in 85', my first shows after getting hit by a bus.

Life does parallel art sometimes.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Oct 13, 2010 9:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Moment

I thought for sure you were going with "When I landed."

TOOTMO